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MAY GIVEAWAY! Win $75 from Novica!

13 May

Last month, a fair trade home decor and more retailer called Novica approached me and asked that I review their new website on my blog. When I agreed to, they graciously offered a $75 gift certificate to one of my readers! How lucky for you guys!

Win $75 from Novica!

Novica is a fair-trade online retailer, in a partnership with National Geographic, that supports artisians around the world. They offer lots of unique goodies in the form of home decor, jewelry, art, furniture, and clothing. They even have really neat musical instruments! I really like how they provide biographical information on each of their artists, thereby facilitating a real connection with the products; for fair trade items, that’s really fitting and very neat.

Here are my top five picks for “home” from Novica. Each items is unique and lovely:

Win $75 from Novica!

1.) Vase  2.) Basket  3.) Table   4.) Mirror  5.) Painting 

They offer a wide range of price points, which makes Novica a fun place to shop even for those on a budget. For example, the rattan basket is under $60 while the painting is over $450. I scored this lamp for about $85 (notice it from the sneak-peek last week?):

Win $75 from Novica!

Interested in some fair trade goodies of your own? Well, here are three super easy ways to enter into the drawing for a $75 gift certificate:

– you can COMMENT on this blog entry

– you can “LIKE” this blog post here on WordPress

– you can “LIKE” or “SHARE” this giveaway post via the JGB Interiors Facebook page

That’s it! But make sure you enter before noon (eastern standard time) on Friday, May 17th.

I’ll announce a winner on Monday the 20th.

Good luck!

(Disclosure: In addition to providing a $75 gift certificate to a random winner, Novica provided the blogger with a $75 gift certificate as well. )


UPDATE: The winner is Sarah (comment #2)! Thanks for all your shares/likes/comments! This was my biggest giveaway yet at over 40 participants! I hope to do another soon!


Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.


Color Friday is: “Green!” Happy Earth Day!

20 Apr

Earth Day is Sunday April 22nd, which gives me a great opportunity to showcase a few fun and sustainable or recycled products for this week’s Color Friday! As you may have guessed, today’s color is “green,” which doesn’t refer to color. Last year, I one-upped myself and featured green “green” products. Ugh. I make myself feel so inadequate.

Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy the weather, spend some time outside, and don’t forget to recycle! Here are the picks for this week…shades of “green” in every color:

Clockwise from pendant at top:Recycled Glass Pendant Light (source unknown); Dot Kuma Pillow in Organic Cotton, $24 (image via; Funky Faux Bois Mirror by Stray Dog Designs - comes in multiple colors, $525 (image via; Recycled Glass Tiles from, $20/sf and up (image via Women's Day); 1108 Platform Sofa by South of Urban, $2,900 in Maharam "Fluent," (image via; Recycled Glass Jugs from West Elm, $19 and up (image via; Log Bowl #9 by Loyal Loot, $260 (image via; Odegard Stripe Mosaic Rug made from recycled wool, $86/sf (image via


I’ll leave you with my favorite, easiest green tip that I have for when it comes to decorating your home; you’ll know I’m being sincere because it does absolutely nothing for my bottom line. The greenest thing to do, almost all of the time, is to keep what you already have. Of course this doesn’t always apply to energy inefficient appliances, but throwing out furniture when you can refinish it (with low or no VOC finishes, of course) or tossing whole pillows when you can just replace a cover is not only environmentally responsible, but it will save you an entirely different kind of green in the long run!

So what’s your favorite “green” pick? And is it actually green?


Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.